Book Review: Divergent

I read quite a few books last week. 

6 to be exact. And 4 of them were from this series. Or in other words i read the entire Divergent Series and the extra novella book thing that came with it in 3 days out of the 7 that made up last week. 

Mostly because even though those books are not necessary short, they are so easy to read and fly through that there is no problem in reading one of those books in one day. So i read Divergent on Wednesday, and Insurgent on Thursday, and Allegiant and those novella story things took up on Friday. 

They were fast. They were easy. They were good enough that it was fun to read the that quickly. Which is always nice. If you find a series that you can just fly through and be done with them. So here are my thoughts on the first book in the series.

Here are the Book facts: 

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Language: English
Pages:576 (Hardback)
series: Yes, Divergent Series Book 1.  
Overall rating: 3 to 4 out of 5
Summary on the book:
"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicaco, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds just select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is -she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are -and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovered a growing conflict that threats to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learn that her secret might help her save those she loves ... or it might destroy her."
Worth reading? Yes. It is overall a pretty good story, that has its flaws and is overall nothing new as far as the actual storyline goes. But the plot is pretty got, the characters alright and the overall writing style is very easy and nice to read. So if you want to read a good dystopian story that has pretty good characters and a good plot, this book -or the entire series- is one that is worth reading. 

I did not plan on reading this book. But i came across it and started to read the first two chapters just to see what it was all about -because honestly nobody has not heard about this at one point somewhere. And at first i was not for the story. I found the first chapter rather boring, but i enjoyed the writing enough that i continued. And the story picked up after the first few chapters. 

And while i didn't love the story, i appreciated the book for what it was. 

I enjoyed Tris and how she evolved enough that i wanted to finish this book and try to see where the author would take Tris' and her story and where the entire world in this book would go to. 

I liked how the author wrote what happened and how the people dealt with what happened and how different the different characters were. 

Roth didn't take the easy route and make all characters similar to each other, but she wrote a depth into each of the characters that i enjoyed. Not all characters where lovable, but i think that was the entire point and i enjoyed it. There is no world -not even a dystopian or even utopian one- that all people are lovable in. There are always characteristics in people that someone doesn't enjoy or love and to me this story had those characters and because of that it made it more real. 

I also surprisingly really enjoyed Four and how the entire relationship between him and Tris evolved. It was still a bit to fast and "instant-lovey" for me in some aspects, but overall those two did not see each other and started a relationship right of the bat, so that at least was something positive. And they also tried to help each other instead of just having one person take control. They each played a role in their relationship. And while sometimes one took control, the other didn't just stand by and did nothing. So that was very real to me and made it seem more... like something that could actually happen. Because lets be honest how real and actual love can there be between two people that don't even know each other for more then one month? 

What this book did not have -and why i didn't give it 5 starts or can even give it 4- is that it wasn't anything world changing or completely different. 

And if i say that that means something because this is my third or fourth dystopian world book so it is not as if i have read a huge amount of them and that is why it is nothing new for me. No, this book just didn't have a completely new version of a story that was so different to me that i was blown away by it. 

And the entire story also lacked in many ways. Not big ways, the big factors were alright. But overall the entire story missed something... I don't even know what it is, but to me there was just something missing. 

From the first few pages on until the last few pages of the book, something just didn't completely fit for me and so i can only give a rating somewhere between 3 and 4 and don't narrow it down anymore. 

To get into the story a bit more and become a bit Spoilary -so if you have not yet read the book or if you don't want to know what the entire storyline of the book is about skip ahead to where i bold a word!

I enjoyed that Tris took the step and changed her life and did not take the easy route by staying with her family. And also enjoyed that her brother did not stay with the parents simply because it would be the best way to do it. They both choose what they thought was right, and i do enjoy reading book where the characters don't do what is easy, but what they feel is right and see where it gets them. 

So that was really well done for me. 

What i did not enjoy as much was the entire "beat each other up and see what comes from it". I am all for learning as you do. And i do believe that especially people that have no idea how to fight will learn best by fighting. But I honestly did not see the sense it letting bigger and stronger people actually beat someone into unconsciousness to get a point across. And while i understand why Roth wrote it like that -to show that something was not as it should be and that not the right people were in control and all that- i still didn't see the sense behind it and didn't really understand why that part was necessary. But maybe that is just me and i am not dauntless enough to understand it. Who knows? 

I also did not always understand why Roth let her Characters do what they did. 
Alright Peter was a ruthless stupid boy that was not above ramming a butterknife into someones eye, but... why? Is it really that much better to try and kill someone rather then be second place? And yes there are actually people like that in the world, i understand, but if she does write it like that why not at least write some type of punishment for that person as well? It was clear who it was, everyone knew who it was, so why not let some type of adult step into the situation? How Dauntless can you be, if you let someone kill of the competition? If you want to build an army of people, maybe letting one "soldier" kill of the others doesn't really make that much sense. Just saying. 

And while we are on that topic lets jump forwards into the book and talk about the entire "Mindless-army-thing". Was i the only one that didn't really understand why and what that was supposed to be about?

Yes i understand, that woman wanted to take control and the easies way was to kill everyone that would step into her way. But really? That is the best way, to "infect" an entire group of people and let them kill everyone around them?
What would she have done with all those Dauntless killers afterwards? Because that topic was never talked about. Was she going to kill them all as well? give them that death serum and be done with them? Try to rehabilitate them into more normal teenagers after they all went on a killing spree? Look them away and leave them to their guilt? I don't understand. 
What was the plan if the dauntless would have killed all of the Abnegations? What would have happened to the Dauntless? 

To me books have to showcase not only the actual story but what would have happened if the "Hero" would not have saved the day. And this book just leave huge holes in the "what if" sections that were to big to be able to overlook or ignored. At least to me. 

But lets go on. So okay, in this book more or less only Tris and Four are "awake" during this entire killing process and that is fine. Why not? But why not just kill them both and be done with them? If they want to kill all the Divergent anyway, why keep Four alive? Why try to drown Tris instead of shooting her in the head? I don't understand. I really don't. It does make sense to me. And if the Erudite are supposed to be so logical and intelligent, i don't see why they wouldn't just react logically and just kill those two trouble makers and find other test subjects. Because that is always the best and most logical ways to make sure that no further problems will come from those two. To me it just didn't make sense to do it as it happened in the book. 

And the entire ending of the book was also very much... stupid to me. Saving Four and then just having to shut down the program and everyone waking up -that easy and simple and perfect because Four is in charge of it all anyways and knows how to do it without problems!- was just a very easy and bit of a cheap way to end this first book. 

The story was nice as i said. And the characters were alright. But the actual story had quite a few holes to me that i didn't understand and didn't make sense to me. And so while i enjoyed this book enough that i continued on with the series -and actually read this book in one day as well as the next two of the series in the following two days- i didn't love the story and don't really see the "thriller filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romances" as this book is described as. The romance is very predictable, right of the bat. The story itself is also quite foreseeable -which is not really that bad because why not know where it will end up in? i never hated that about books as long as the actual writing is enjoyable who cares?- and the heartbreaking betrayal was not really there in this book. Sure Tris' friend was not really that much of a friend. But really she knew that guy for not even a whole month so how much of a heartbreak could that have been? 

Overall this book is good enough that is it worth being read, but noting special or worth getting excited over. But if you want a fast and easy read, that will keep in interested throughout the entire book. This is a good one. Just don't think to much about the actual story while reading and you will be fine. Let yourself be carried through the story by the story and not think while reading and you will enjoy this book. Otherwise you might find quite a few holes and more questions then answers in it. 

As i said i have already read Insurgent and Allegiant -as well as the short stories- so i will review those very soon as well to finish up this book series. So look out for those if you are interested. 


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